Kellett, Pointon Split Silverstone GT5 Poles

by James Broomhead

With his final lap of the session James Kellett snatched race one position for the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge at Silverstone.

TCR driver Kellett was fast throughout the 20 minute session on the Grand Prix track, taking provisional pole from the very start and – at one point – enjoying a margin of over seven tenths of a second between he and Callum Pointon. He, though made up the gap, bumping Kellett from pole with six minutes to go with a lap of 2:26.442 before moving the target out of 2:26.077 and only briefly being bumped from the top spot. Pointon and Ollie Chadwick bumped Kellett down to third, Pointon setting the pace with a lap of 2:26.077, leaving Chadwick and Kellett trailing in his wake.

With that lap he looked on course to take race one pole, especially with the pace seeming to slow in the final minutes. However, Kellett bucked the trend setting fastest times through the second a third sectors of the 3.66 mile circuit to set a lap of 2:27.007 as he passed beneath the checkered flag, leaving Pointon and company no time to mount another challenge.

He was able to take race two pole – his 26.442 remaining fastest of the all the drivers’ second best times with Kellett due to line up on the other side of the front row courtesy of a lap of 2:26.473.

Chadwick – the best placed of nine drivers to have a lap disallowed for exceeding track limits – and James Robinson will start third and fourth for both races with Ryan Hatfield and Stewart Linn likewise due to take up fifth and sixth for both races, though Linn’s position for the first race was only secured with his final lap of the session, pushing Ian Robinson down to seventh.

Times from Luca Hirst, Nick Zapolski and Jack Minshaw completed the top ten fastest laps. They will line up in the same order for the second of the weekend’s three races.

Ben Hyland set the best lap of the GRDC+ drivers (2:38.450) but will start the second race from third with Rob Keogh taking class pole for the Sunday morning race.

The weekend’s racing is scheduled to start at 1:50pm, Kellett on pole for the 15 minute encounter.

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